Read by LibriVox Volunteers

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 17 recordings of Karawane by Hugo Ball. This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 5th, 2010.

Ball wrote his poem "Karawane," which is a German poem consisting of nonsensical words. The meaning however resides in its meaninglessness, reflecting the chief principle behind Dadaism.

Dada or Dadaism is a cultural movement that began in Zürich, Switzerland, during World War I and peaked from 1916 to 1922.[1] The movement primarily involved visual arts, literature—poetry, art manifestoes, art theory—theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti-war politics through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works. Its purpose was to ridicule what its participants considered to be the meaninglessness of the modern world. In addition to being anti-war, dada was also anti-bourgeois and anarchistic in nature.(summary from Wikipedia) (0 hr 17 min)


Karawane - Read by AC 0:51 Read by Anne Cheng
Karawane - Read by DL 1:01 Read by David Lawrence
Karawane - Read by DRB 0:59 Read by David Barnes
Karawane - Read by DW 1:05 Read by Dirk Weber
Karawane - Read by ELLI 0:44 Read by Elli
Karawane - Read by EZWA 0:50 Read by Ezwa
Karawane - Read by GHS 0:47 Read by Algy Pug
Karawane - Read by HF 0:59 Read by Karlsson
Karawane - Read by JCM 0:53 Read by Jason Mills
Karawane - Read by LLW 1:01 Read by Leonard Wilson
Karawane - Read by MG 1:40 Read by Martin Geeson
Karawane - Read by MGT 0:54 Read by Maria Grazia Tundo
Karawane - Read by NJB 1:14 Read by Nicholas James Bridgewater
Karawane - Read by RG 1:08 Read by Ruth Golding
Karawane - Read by RJD 1:21 Read by Ryan DeRamos
Karawane - Read by SR 1:00 Read by Sonja
Karawane - Read by TG 0:54 Read by TriciaG


Marvellous beyond words...

(5 stars)

I have just experimented with playing this piece in reverse, and its magic is undiminished. A twentieth century landmark.